Am I in the wrong place? I thought this was Coffee Snobs.
Di, Im shocked and disappointed that youd even consider using stale shots (gaag). :)
If youre really the only coffee drinker in the house, I would suggest moving to the single basket. The shots are quite decent out of them (better than a stale shot) once dialed in.
The other alternative (and this is what I do), I make a Doppio latte, but I let the first few drops of one side of the spout go down the drain so it doesnt take on too much of a punch, then stop it a little bit earlier than usual. I find it makes quite a nice latte. And seeing as though youre only making the one, youve just saved on milk.
My opinion is that coffee is drunk to be enjoyed. If youre drinking an hour old latte because youre trying to stop wastage, but the coffee is anything but perfect, youre defeating the purpose of saving it.